We have all thrown coins in a fountain, or glanced in a pool and seen coins scattered there, or seen rags and ribbons tied to a "clootie" tree, maybe even tied one ourselves. This ancient tradition of making wishes honours the wee folk that, in our magical hearts - if not in our logical minds - we all want to believe in.
On a walk in the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend, we came across a number of tree roots and fallen trunks with coins pushed or hammered into them in captivating patterns. Although I have been aware of this practice, this is the first time I have seen one of these trees and I was filled with delight that people still make wishes, and - even if they don't outwardly acknowledge it - still want to keep magic alive.
The first set of trees was around Malham Cove, an ancient limestone waterfall ( now dry) with an underground stream emerging from its base and a haunting landscape of limestone pavement on its top. A truly magical place. A place where Elves might dwell.
|Malham Cove - Jude Murray 2013|
|Coin Tree - Malham Cove Jude Murray 2013|
|Limestone Pavement - Malham Cove - Jude Murray 2013|
|Coin Tree Gordale Beck - Jude Murray 2013|
|Coin Tree - Gordale Beck Jude Murray 2013|